So, naturally, tomorrow dozens of network newspeople will descend upon the community, snarling traffic, occupying dozens of hotel rooms, pestering search and rescue workers and shoving microphones into shocked, tearful faces and asking inane questions and just generally making nuisances of themselves?
Will someone tell me why these network people think they need to go to Oklahoma? Don't they have local news people living there and covering the story with live feed to New York? Is Matt Lauer, for instance, going to do a better job of describing the devastation than a local news anchor who has lived there for years?
I really wish that hotel owners would turn the out-of-town news people away, at least until there are no more local victims who need shelter. I also wish they would be refused interviews with families whose members are lost. Surely, the people of Oklahoma are not so desperate for their 15 minutes of fame that they would seek out television cameras in order to tell the same sad stories over and over.
It's just disgusting. And it happens every single time there's a disaster somewhere.
And, when will the criticism start? " The rescue people didn't do enough." " The governor didn't respond quickly enough." "Where's Fema?" Where's the Red Cross?" President Obama didn't call a press conference early enough, and then, when he did speak, he didn't say the right things." And, of course, the usual cry, "there wasn't enough warning." And, on and on and on.
You know I'm right. Stay tuned.